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Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

What is a SENCO?

Every early years provider, school and college must have a member of staff with training and/or experience of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to be the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

SEN Team" href="/education/education-support/special-educational-needs-service-sen-team/">Area SENCO page

Responsibilities of the SENCO:

  • has an overview of children with SEN and makes sure records are kept of their identification, assessments, progress and support
  • makes sure you are kept informed
  • advises, supports and trains teachers and support staff
  • coordinates provision for children with SEN
  • checks on the progress and well-being of children with SEN
  • works with other professionals, for example, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists to plan support and check progress for children with SEN
  • makes sure exam entries take into account a child’s special educational need
  • follows the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice. 

Every teacher, however, is a teacher of SEN so your child’s teacher(s) will be able to talk to you about his/her progress in school, set achievable targets, and answer many of your questions.  

Support in School page

Questions you might like to ask your child’s teacher and/or SENCO?

Because all children are individuals, there will be some questions that only apply to your child.

What progress has my child made?

How is my child being helped to make progress?


  • In what situation does the school think your child learns best (e.g. in the classroom, in a small group, working with an adult)?
  • What extra support is he/she getting?
  • Who is working with my child?
  • When does this happen?
  • Has an outside agency been involved?
  • How can I help my child?
  • How will you keep me informed about how well he/she is doing?
  • When will we meet to find out about my child’s progress?
  • Can we have a home/school link book to record positives as well as difficulties?
  • Can someone write homework in the planner?
  • Can homework be completed on the computer at home?
  • How can I work with the school to support my child at home?
  • Who can I contact for more information and advice?

 

  • In what situation does the school think your child learns best (e.g. in the classroom, in a small group, working with an adult)?
  • What extra support is he/she getting?
  • Who is working with my child?
  • When does this happen?
  • Has an outside agency been involved?
  • How can I help my child?
  • How will you keep me informed about how well he/she is doing?
  • When will we meet to find out about my child’s progress?
  • Can we have a home/school link book to record positives as well as difficulties?
  • Can someone write homework in the planner?
  • Can homework be completed on the computer at home?
  • How can I work with the school to support my child at home?
  • Who can I contact for more information and advice?
  • In what situation does the school think your child learns best (e.g. in the classroom, in a small group, working with an adult)?
  • What extra support is he/she getting?
  • Who is working with my child?
  • When does this happen?
  • Has an outside agency been involved?
  • How can I help my child?
  • How will you keep me informed about how well he/she is doing?
  • When will we meet to find out about my child’s progress?
  • Can we have a home/school link book to record positives as well as difficulties?
  • Can someone write homework in the planner?
  • Can homework be completed on the computer at home?
  • How can I work with the school to support my child at home?
  • Who can I contact for more information and advice?